Updated Mégane features new styling, revised engines and up to £1200 off certain models
Darren Moss
2 December 2013

The facelifted Renault Megane has gone on sale, with prices starting at £16,745.

That buys a hatchback version of the car, while coupé and sport tourer variants are also available, costing from £17,645 and £17,745 respectively. Renault says the car will be in showrooms in January.

Renault says it has endowed the revised car with its new brand identity, which includes a more prominent Renault logo alongside a new front bumper, a sculpted bonnet and new vent grilles and headlight clusters.

The latest Mégane will be offered with four trim levels, dubbed Expression+, Knight Edition, Dynamique TomTom and GT-Line TomTom. Renault says that, in places, up to £1200 has been cut from the model price.

Alongside the facelifted styling comes a revised engine range. An entry-level 1.2-litre TCe 115 can now be ordered on Expression+ models, while 1.2-litre TCe 130 and dCi 110 units are avilable on GT Line TomTom models. As part of the changes, the 1.5-litre dCi 90 and 2.0-litre dCi 165 engines are no longer available.

A number of upgrade packs, which add features like parking sensors and Renault's R-Link Renaultsport Monitor, are also available.

At the very top of the range sits the Mégane Renaultsport 265, which becomes trim level in itself. Customers also have the option of upgrading to a Cup chassis pack for £1350. The Mégane Renaultsport 265 costs £26,925.

The facelifted Mégane was first shown at the Frankfurt motor show earlier this year. Renault says the revised model is "primed to tackle the ever-competitive C-segment head on".

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2 December 2013
This is a successful facelift without a doubt and good value too.Whether it is any more 'exciting' to drive will not bother the target market either.

3 December 2013
[quote=Flash Harry]This is a successful facelift without a doubt and good value too.Whether it is any more 'exciting' to drive will not bother the target market either.[/quote] Agree, it retains enough gallic charm for most. It also looks like their marketing and product teams have been working hard making this a stronger contender on paper. Great new engines from 'base' spec ( It is still the mid spec for most of Europe) and clever touches should prolong the life of this French Stalwart, but the next Megane has to be all new from the ground up.

3 December 2013
A sport tourer with the old 165 dci would have been an interesting alternative to the usual suspects. Shame they dropped the engine....

3 December 2013
I think they make some decent looking cars now, but no one is buying them. Looked at SMMT website for Jan to Oct sales and Renault languishing in 19th position of all marques, with 1.9% of total sales. Ford leads on 14%. Renault are outsold by marques I consider similar in ability, quality, and brand e.g. Citroen, Peugeot, Vauxhall, Nissan, & Ford. They are also outsold by premium brands Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Asian Kia and Hyundai. You can argue that Ford and Vauxhall have a traditional dominance, but BMW and Audi have both moved consistently up the charts due to marketing and product). The Asian's have done it by value and now reputation. So they can't compete at the premium level due to brand (and perceived quality in my humble opinion). They can't compete with the mainstream stuff, but I'm not sure why - price, styling, and brand are as good. The Asians offer more car for the money, and the public have started to realise that they are credible now. Are Renault stuffed, and why?

3 December 2013
[quote=Paul Dalgarno] Are Renault stuffed, and why?[/quote] Technology is moving on and this is no longer just a question of marketing. A heck of a lot rides on what is happening with the Smart/Twingo project, and the future of the Megane and Scenic. I'm not sure if the new Clio's launch has been as succesful as previous generations, and like the Mk3 it has moved away from the simple European charm that made the Mk1 and 2 fun (and forgivable). If you go on Renault France's website the model range is massive, there is diversity to the extreme with the Espace and Twizy. An added complication will be Dacia having a sizable presence on the Renault dealers. Possibility of Initiale Paris and Gordini/Alpine added to this would be impossible. I've posted something before about the Espace brand being used to market Renault's large MPVs (and SUVs), which are its premium offerings, but Renault will be best placed if it gets the Twingo priced right (sub £8k), and adds a bit more charm to the new Clio - ideally a more friendlier looking 3dr. The next Megane range should be capable of replacing the Laguna, and the SUVs and MPVs derived from the platform would be under the Espace brand. No more electric-only models either. Dacia cars no longer marketed alongside Renaults and ideally get new dealership network.

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